Vail Valley Bizwatch: Meat in Paradise
Business name: Meat in Paradise, LLC.
Date opened: March 15, 2009.
Owners: Jenn Marut and Trevor Douglas.
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What goods or services do you provide? Free-range, grass-fed, grass-finished, sustainably raised meats delivered weekly to your door.
What’s new or exciting at your place? We have started to sell all of our meats to the public at wholesale prices! We want everyone to be able to afford grass-fed meats and that is just what we have done. We sell packages ranging from six to 440 pounds. We guarantee a package that is just right for you.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We care about your health. We want everyone to know where their food comes from and how it is raised. We encourage all of our customers to tour the farms we work with so they can see firsthand the products we sell. Our main goal is to educate and create a sustainable community food supply. The more people who support local farms the more they are able to produce at a lower price. We put your health and the health of our environment first – that’s the difference you can taste first hand.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? Our customers come first. We do everything we can to make sure every customer is 100 percent satisfied with their purchase. We try to take our customers to the next level of understanding when it comes to buying meat. Every one of our customers can expect only the healthiest and freshest local products raised right here in Colorado.
Tell us a little about your background, education and experience: Jenn is a graduate of Penn State University and has a passion for healthy food and organic farming. She is passionate about making a difference in our world one community at a time.
Trevor is a green activist with a passion for healthy alternatives in food and farming. He has a passion for our oceans and environment and believes the future of farming will be green, sustainable and organic.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? The state laws about organic farming in general are funny but one story about shipping eggs stands out. One farmer was talking to the state about shipping eggs and found out it is illegal to do so over state lines.
He said: “So, if I get thrown in jail and I’m sitting next to a murderer and he asks, ‘What are you in for?’ I’ll have to say, ‘Shipping eggs over state lines?’ That doesn’t seem fair.”